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By Christina Gill In a world that is becoming increasingly digitalised, it is likely that within the next few years we will see huge technological shifts in the way conveyancing is conducted. This could mean the whole process of purchasing a home, including completion of all necessary documentation, moving online. But, what does this mean from […]

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By Jo Ratcliffe, Ruth Bamforth, Craig Looker On 5 March 2019 the Pensions Regulator (Regulator) published its annual defined benefit (DB) pension scheme funding statement.  The statement trails the Regulator’s approach to scheme funding which is expected to be set out in the new draft funding code due in 2019. This Insight looks at the Regulator’s 2019 statement and […]

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A new firm has found recognition after representing an organic farmer in a dispute over genetic engineering, writes Roger Pearson. Just one month after setting up in practice, two-partner firm Earthrights Solicitors, of Takeley in Essex, has found itself in the High Court and the Court of Appeal facing formidable opposition – in the form […]

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Cornelius Medvei of Eversheds acted for Nursing Home Properties on its admission to the Official List and the associated £88.2m fundraising. Linklaters advised investment bank Robert Fleming & Co and Clifford Chance advised the main banking syndicate led by the Bank of Scotland.

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